Review & Giveaway: ‘Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus’ by Kelly Murphy

So I do love history. But, like most people, how much I get out of it certainly depends on the format in which it is presented. Historical Heartthrobs is a read that takes a diverse group of historical figures and tells why they are still interesting. So, though there are “Heat Ratings,” a section on “Best Feature,” and info about each person’s sex life, each chapter serves to remind us of some people who changed history – both for good and bad. And why they make history hot.

From the poetic tenderness of Lord Byron to the alluring confidence of Bessie Coleman, Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes – from Cleopatra to Camus, by Kelly Murphy with Hallie Fryd features fifty heartthrobs from the ages most likely to catch our eye and asks the question: Would you really want to date them? The book mines our shared cultural past for history’s most swoon-worthy icons such as Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, and Che Guevara, and ranks them according to their overall “crushability,” based on their relative levels of heroism/villainy.

The title serves to tantalize us into picking up the book; the design and stories will keep us reading. The heartthrobs in this case show that there is definitely more to attraction than only what meets the eye. Buy it for your brainy sweetie for Valentine’s Day and make your own Tesla-approved electrical currents (there’s no such thing) or perhaps don some fatigues and have a shared revolution. Just make some history of your own.


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